Weekly round-up #168

VALIDATE Weekly Round-up #168

welcome on board


Welcome to our latest members

We have yet more members joining the ever growing VALIDATE community. Welcome to:

  • Dr Magdalena Druszczynska, VALIDATE Associate and Associate Professor at the University of Lodz, Poland
  • Dr Micha Roumiantzeff, VALIDATE Associate and President of Association Lyonnaise pour la Coopération Franco-Russe, Culturelle et Sanitaire, France
  • Mr Satyendra Singh, VALIDATE Affiliate and PhD student at Central University of Rajasthan, India
  • Miss Monika Vivekanandan, VALIDATE Affiliate and MSc student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana



  • NIH Planning Grant for Global Infectious Disease Research Training Program - To support an LMIC-US collaborative planning process that will prepare faculty and design courses and resources for a research training programme – deadline 28 October 2021
  • Wellcome - Four-year PhD Studentships in Science - This scheme offers graduates outstanding training in scientific research – deadline 31 October 2021
  • MRC Better Methods, Better Research Grants - This funding opportunity is open to researchers at eligible organisations including higher education institutions, approved independent research organisations and NHS bodies, and MRC institutes - deadline 11 November 2021
  • NRF DAAD - The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) award offers MA and PhD scholarships to South African citizens and permanent South African residents for postgraduate studies at public South African universities – deadline 30 November

You can find a list of all relevant external funding we've spotted for our members on our external funding page.

Training Opportunities and Events:

Find more training and events opportunities on our Training and Events pages.


Job Opportunities:

There are many more relevant career opportunities on our jobs page.



Check out our Publications Page for members' publications and email VALIDATE@ndm.ox.ac.uk if you have a paper you would like us to include.

Highlights on Twitter this week:

We congratulated Prof Tom Solomon on his election to the Academy of Medical Sciences, shared a medical express story about tuberculosis’s favourite food, and shared the TB Foundation’s directory of TB vaccine clinical trial sites in sub-Saharan Africa. We publicised our next public lecture in our BCG100 programme and continued our #BCG100Facts series with infographics about historical figures who died of TB, including US Presidents Munroe and Jackson and revolutionaries Simon Bolivar and Ho Chi Minh. AMS flagged how you can nominate an ECR colleague for the Foulkes Foundation AMS Medal, Microbiology Society highlighted Edward Jenner's birth anniversary by discussing why vaccines are important, and Nature Careers discussed how you can help effect research culture change and how the pandemic is reshaping undergraduate research (with some good tips for getting ahead for all of us!). VALIDATE member Matt Rogers blogged about his research uncovering a new mode of binding that explains how leishmania can exploit almost any sandfly as a vector, and WriteThatPhD explained how to write your discussion and conclusion in a journal article. Easily stay up to date by following @NetworkVALIDATE on Twitter, and you can also take part in BCG100 by using the hashtag #BCG100


Published: 19 May 2021